By Tucker Bagley
The Eagles' playoff hopes hang in the balance this afternoon as they travel to Dallas to take on the division-leading Cowboys. Despite playing terribly on offense, the Birds have held the Cowboys to just 3 points on their three red zone possessions and trail, 6-0, at the half. Here's what happened in the first 30 minutes of action:
The Eagles offense had just two first downs in the first half and stood on the sideline for more than 20 minutes of the first half. The Birds are at their best when they are controlling the ball and the clock. Pederson's play-calling on third downs has been atrocious, with the Eagles converting just one opportunity in the first half. The Eagles will start the second half with the ball and need to put together a drive that ends with points to get back in this game.
Second Half X-Factor: Fletcher Cox
The Eagles remain thin up the middle on defense with Tim Jernigan missing another game with back spasms. Cox and company have struggled to contain Ezekiel Elliott, who has averaged north of 6 yards per carry in the first half. The Eagles need to stymie the rushing attack of Dallas and put the game on the arm of Prescott.